Are you against vaccinations? Well here’s a story for ya.
An unvaccinated student at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Assumption Academy recently challenged a state order banning him from school.
Why’d the high-schooler protest? ‘Cause o’ this: Vaccines are against his beliefs, and his family founded the dadgum academy.
But he was banned in March due to a chickenpox outbreak, and a judge ruled against him in his subsequent lawsuit.
This left Jerome Kunkel a broken man:
“I’m definitely devastated by the judge’s ruling. It just doesn’t seem logical to me.”
Headed for appeal, his attorney, Christopher Wiest, lamented the injustice:
“We think the judge misapplied the law and that’s what appeals courts are for, to make sure the law is followed.”
Well, wouldn’t ya know — Jerome’s done gone and contracted the disease.
Christopher acknowledges that Jerome’s now covered in terrible, itchy, pink lumps.
But he told NBC it’s still all cool:
“These are deeply held religious beliefs, they’re sincerely held beliefs. From their perspective, they always recognized they were running the risk of getting it, and they were okay with it.”
Here’s something from NBC News I’d never heard of…were you familiar with this? I’m surprised:
“Some ultraconservative Catholics oppose chickenpox vaccinations because it was developed in the 1960s from cell lines of two aborted fetuses.”
Speaking to WLWT, Jerome said the whole ban situation was dumb:
“It was kind of ridiculous, because they issued the ban for 21 days, then it got extended longer because another kid came down with the chicken pox, so then it went on for longer. Towards the end of the ban, I actually got the chicken pox which should have extended the ban, but for some reason they didn’t. Things are sort of normal except for you know, the homework I got to catch up with and stuff like that. “
But Laura Brinson, of the Northern Kentucky Health Department, said the lamebrainest thing is to intentionally be a carrier of a terrible disease:
“Encouraging the spread of an acute infection disease in a community demonstrates a callous disregard for the health and safety of friends, family, neighbors and unsuspecting members of the general public.”
Really, Jerome was never in control: The vaccine, which was instated in the U.S. in 1995, is normally given between 12 and 15 months. It’s doubtful his beliefs were the reason he didn’t receive it then.
Either way, too late now. Maybe some think the chickenpox is nothin’ to get your feathers ruffled over. But it can kill, and does.
As per the CDC:
In the early 1990s, an average of 4 million people got chickenpox, 10,500 to 13,000 were hospitalized, and 100 to 150 died each year. Chickenpox vaccine became available in the United States in 1995. Each year, more than 3.5 million cases of chickenpox, 9,000 hospitalizations, and 100 deaths are prevented by chickenpox vaccination in the United States.
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